Kano Laboratories, backed by Gryphon Investors and a producer of oils and lubricants including Kroil, has added Mark Klein as president. He succeeds Sevan Demirdogen, who will remain with the company as executive chairman of the board.

Klein has experience with driving growth and product development, with a background in manufactured goods for industrial, professional and consumer end users. Prior to joining Kano, he served as co-president of Klein Tools, a privately-owned company that manufactures hand tools for professionals and consumers. Klein held multiple positions at Klein, where he designed and led strategies that resulted in growth.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience and proven results which will help launch Kano into its next phase of growth,” comments Craig Nikrant, Gryphon operating partner. “His laser focus on customers and proven results through MRO distribution, retail and innovation give us great confidence in his leadership and vision for the company, and I’m looking forward to partnering with him.”